April Laissle

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter.  There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.

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Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
Liam Niemeyer / WYSO

Dayton Public Schools is again under scrutiny following the school board’s decision in late November to place Superintendent Rhonda Corr on administrative leave.

Among other things, Corr is accused of creating a hostile work environment in the district’s central office.


She was originally scheduled to respond to the allegations this week at a disciplinary hearing, but it was rescheduled.


Authorities say one woman is dead following an explosion in her Kettering home early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to a call at Claridge Drive at about 4:30 a.m., and fire officials say the home was engulfed in flames.


The victim was found outside the home, transported to Kettering Medical Center, and later pronounced dead. Debris from the blaze was found on surrounding properties.

The Gem City Market project has received a $220,000 Grant from insurance giant CareSource. "We are thrilled to receive this vote of confidence from Caresource," says Amaha Sellassie, Gem City Market Board President.
Gem City Market

Thousands of West Dayton residents who lack easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables could soon have a full-service food market close to home.


The west side has been without a convenient source of fresh produce since 2008, when a neighborhood Kroger grocery store shut down. Since then, city officials have tried attracting a new grocer without success.


Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
Liam Niemeyer / WYSO

After one week, the Dayton School Board has revealed their reasons for placing Superintendent Rhonda Corr on administrative leave. Among other things, Corr is accused of creating a hostile work environment for district employees.


Documents released by the school district outline several long-standing complaints about Corr’s behavior and paint a picture of dysfunction at the district’s central office.  

Fuyao Glass America
Jerry Kenney

Workers at Fuyao Glass America in Moraine have voted overwhelmingly against forming a union with the United Auto Workers.

Hundreds of workers cast ballots in the two-day election, which began Wednesday.


The vote was decisive: workers rejected unionization by nearly a two to one margin.

Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Workers at Fuyao Glass America will begin voting Wednesday on whether to move forward with plans to form a United Auto Workers-sponsored union.

Workers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in mid-October, citing workplace safety issues and inadequate wages and benefits. Last year workers, with help from the UAW, filed a list of safety complaints with the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have weighed in on the unionization effort.


Montgomery County
Jess Mador / WYSO

Montgomery County voters approved a levy to continue funding Sinclair Community College.


Issue 4 is a 3.2 mill, ten year levy to support Sinclair Community College operating and capital expenses. The measure does not raise taxes.


A small but vocal group of opponents this fall had criticized Issue 4. They said it was unfair to Montgomery County residents because nearby counties with satellite Sinclair campuses are not equally taxed.  College officials disputed this characterization of Issue 4.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
elycefeliz / Flickr/Creative Commons

Dayton voters re-elected incumbents to the Dayton City Commission. 


Four people were running for two open seats. Those seats will be held by Joey Williams and Jeff Mims, who were challenged by Darryl Fairchild and Shenise Turner-Sloss.


Mims, who has served on the commission since 2014, won 26 percent of the vote.  Joey Williams, who garnered 30 percent of the vote, is the longest serving city commissioner.

Darryl Fairchild came in third, with 22 perent of the vote. Shenise Turner-Sloss won 20 percent.

yellow springs
David Fischer / Glen Helen

Kevin Stokes, incumbent Brian Housh, and Lisa Kreeger all earned seats on the Yellow Springs Village Council. Six candidates were vying for the three open seats.


Candidates business owner Chrissy Cruz, business owner David Turner and Wright State professor Taki Manolakos all failed to secure seats.  


The race sparked a debate about ways to attract more businesses to Yellow Springs. Police reform and  village affordability were also among the top issues.

Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
April Laissle / WYSO

Four new members are set to join the Dayton School Board.

Voters elected three members of a four candidate campaign slate:  Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, and Karen Wick-Gagnet. DPS Parent Jocelyn Rhynard also secured a spot on the seven member board.

Campaign slate member Paul Bradley, incumbent Joe Lacey, and candidates Anne Marie Gallin and Jo'el Jones all fell short of winning seats.